WikiWand is a proprietary software interface developed for viewing Wikipedia articles [1] available for several popular web browsers as a free browser extension or mobile app.

History

WikiWand (originally WikiWand) was founded in 2013 by Lior Grossman and Ilan Lewin. [2] Officially launched in August 2014, [3] the interface includes a bar menu, navigation bar, personalized links to other languages, new typography, and access to previews of linked articles. [4] The list of contents is constantly displayed on the left-hand side. [5]

According to Grossman, “We found the Wikipedia interface cluttered , Hard to read (large blocks of small text), hard to navigate, and lacking in terms of usability. ” [6]

Availability

The interface is available on Chrome , Safari (Safari version is not available for download) and Firefox via Wikiwand’s website. In March 2015, Wikiwand released an iOS app for iPhone and iPad. [7]

Funding

Wikiwand was able to raise $ 600,000 to support the development of the interface. 30% of its profits to the Wikimedia Foundation . [6] [8]

References

  1. Jump up^ Jillian Wong (21 August 2014). “‘WikiWand’ Gives Wikipedia Clean New Layout For A Better Reading Experience” . Taxi . Retrieved 22 August 2014 .
  2. Jump up^ “WikiWand” . CrunchBase . Retrieved 22 August 2014 .
  3. Jump up^ “WikiWand” . Twitter . Retrieved 22 August 2014 .
  4. Jump up^ Martin Brinkmann (14 August 2014). “WikiWand is a modernized Wikipedia frontend” . Ghacks.net . Retrieved 22 August 2014 .
  5. Jump up^ “WikiWand makes Wikipedia beautiful” . TNW . Retrieved 22 August 2014 .
  6. ^ Jump up to:b “Web App WikiWand Raises $ 600,000 To Give Wikipedia A New Interface” . techcrunch.com. 2 August 2014 . Retrieved 22 August 2014 .
  7. Jump up^ Zach Epstein (18 March 2015). “New iPhone app transforms Wikipedia into a stunning interactive experience” . Yahoo . Retrieved 26 March 2015 .
  8. Jump up^ “About – Wikiwand” . Wikiwand . Archived from the original on 8 February 2015.

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